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Tag Archive | "Muslim Women"

Feminists vs. Fundamentalists

Saturday, January 1, 2005

Women Living Under Muslim Law and Sisterhood Is Global Institute In Globalizing Women : Transnational Feminist Networks/ Valentine M. Moghadam (ed.) This chapter examines two Transnational Feminist Networks (TFNs)--Women Living under Muslim Laws (WLUML) and the Sisterhood Is Global Institute (SIGI), as well as a newer TFN that operates in the Muslim world: the Women's Learning Partnership for Peace, Development, and Rights (WLP). These TFNs call for the advancement, equality, and human rights of women in the Muslim world, and urge governments to implement the UN-sponsored Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, along with the Beijing Platform for Action. As advocates of democratization, civil society, and women's rights, they are fierce opponents of fundamentalism, and have taken positions against those versions of cultural relativism and multiculturalism that undermine women's equality and autonomy in the name of respect for cultural or religious traditions. They also have paid special attention to the violations of women's human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran, Algeria, Bosnia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Nigeria.

Learning Center Conducts Workshops on Empowerment of Women

Tuesday, October 26, 2004

VOA News / Listen An organization headquartered in Washington is dedicated to strengthening women’s leadership, communications, and advocacy skills. Its president describes the ways that women are being helped to contribute to democracy and peace building in their nations.

In Iraq, Women Fight A Separate War For Freedom.

Tuesday, September 9, 2003

San Jose Mercury News / By Fan, Maureen Today, because of the ravages of three recent wars, women account for almost 60 percent of Iraq's population. And, having already tasted some freedom under a secular government in the 1970s, they are increasingly vocal about prying loose the vise-like grip men have held on Iraqi society for generations. But Iraqi men may find themselves in an awkward spot if the United States succeeds in grafting majority-rule democracy onto a society with a long legacy of chauvinism and cultural divisions.

US, Women’s Rights Groups Work to Raise Status of Women in Iraq, Afghanistan

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

VOA News / Listen Do culture or religion explain why women have lesser status than men in many Muslim countries? Mahnaz Afkhami said she doesn’t think so. She adds that culture is not fixed and is always evolving.

Muslim Women Leaders Speak

Saturday, March 1, 2003

Washington Report on Middle East Affairs / By Lisa Viscidi Four prominent Muslim women leaders spoke about women’s leadership and political participation in Muslim societies Nov. 25 at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) in Washington, DC. Organized in collaboration with the Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP), which seeks to empower women and girls in Muslim society, the forum drew a large audience of both sexes.

Women and Leadership in Muslim Societies: Voices for Change

Sunday, September 22, 2002

The Middle East Women’s Studies Review / By Abby Jenkins On November 25, 2002, the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development and Peace (WLP) in collaboration with the Dialogue Project of the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at Johns Hopkins University sponsored a forum examining the constraints and opportunities Muslim women face in expanding […]

Islam On The Internet

Saturday, March 23, 2002

NPR “All Things Considered” / By Davar Ardalan / Listen For many Muslim women, the Internet has become a safe portal where traditional notions of the ideal Muslim woman can be tested, expanded, and re-created. Through online discussions and bulletin boards, Afkhami said women “learn from each other… so communication is a consciousness-raising vehicle.”

Women and Economy

Monday, December 17, 2001

NPR “Morning Edition” / By Kathleen Schalch / Listen Economists have long argued that countries with fundamentalist regimes suffer economically because women are not allowed to participate. Afkhami recalls that when she was a high-ranking government official in Iran, she was legally restricted from traveling without her husband’s permission.

Militancy; Living In A World Without Women

Sunday, November 4, 2001

The New York Times / By Barbara Crossette When women’s influence increases, it strengthens the moderate center, bolstering economic stability and democratic order. Women might serve as powerful assets in the West’s attempt to counter Islamic radicalism.

Muslim Feminism Quietly Flourishes

Wednesday, October 10, 2001

San Francisco Chronicle / By Nanette Asimov An Islamic feminist, many Americans believe, is a contradiction in terms. Yet even in the most patriarchal of Muslim nations, feminism quietly thrives. “Every country has women’s rights groups,” said Mahnaz Afkhami, author of “Faith and Freedom: Women’s Human Rights in the Muslim World.”

About Mahnaz Afkhami

A lifetime advocate for the rights of women, Mahnaz Afkhami works with activists across the world, especially in Muslim majority societies, to help women become leaders. She is Founder and President of Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace (WLP), Executive Director of Foundation for Iranian Studies...more

Quotables – Muslim Women

"The most taxing contradiction [Muslim women] face casts the demands of living in the contemporary world against the requirements of tradition as determined and advanced by the modern Islamist world view. At the center of this conflict is the dilemna of Muslim women’s human rights – whether Muslim women have rights because they are human beings, or whether they have rights because they are Muslim" - Faith and Freedom: Introduction

"To the extent that Islam, defined and interpreted by traditionalist "Muslim" men, is allowed to determine the context and contour of the debate on women's rights, women will be on the losing side of the debate because the conclusion is already contained in the premise and reflected in the process. This is the heart of the moral tragedy of Muslim societies in our time." - Gender Apartheid, Cultural Relativism, and Women's Human Rights

“Islam is not the problem. Rather it is the misuse of Islam by interpreting it to fit the needs of the partriarchal order - the powers that be - and the privileges that one gender has held over the other.” - How are women working to eliminate violence against women in Muslim-majority societies?